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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Gailey brings discipline to laid-back Bills

By Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- One of the biggest knocks against Dick Jauron is that he's too much of a player's coach, too lax with his policies, too trusting that his guys will take care of their business without much oversight.

There will be a different atmosphere in the Buffalo Bills' locker room for 2010.

Chan Gailey
At a news conference announcing his hiring, Chan Gailey said he believed in toughness, discipline, organization and character.
The Bills on Tuesday afternoon introduced Chan Gailey as their next head coach. Players better be on their toes.

"He's all about creating an environment conducive to winning," said ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, who hired Gailey to be his offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. "He doesn't care if you make $4 million a year or if you're a rookie. He's going to tell you, 'This is what you got to do to help this football team win.'

"You know when he comes in, guys are not going to get along with him, and there are guys he's going to get rid of."

Bill Cowher is a huge fan of Gailey's from their time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gailey was the offensive coordinator in 1996 and 1997 before becoming Dallas Cowboys head coach.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cowher recommended Gailey for the job while the Bills were pursuing Cowher.

"I think the one thing you'll see is he's very passionate," Cowher said. "He's an unbelievable competitor. Chan's a guy that will leave no stone unturned. He will not accept mediocrity. And I think that's the thing, being around him ... I always thought I was a competitive guy, but he may be more competitive than I am. And I'll tell you, he's a very driven coach and, like I said, very thorough. I just think he's a great fit for the organization."

Gailey spoke about his philosophies in turning around a franchise that hasn't reached the playoffs in a decade.

"I believe you have to be fundamentally sound. I think you have to teach fundamentals. I worked for a guy way back when I first started coaching, he had a great saying, and the saying was plays are more fun than fundamentals, but fundamentals are more important than plays. ... What wins the majority of the time is blocking and tackling and throwing and catching and kicking. That's what wins games. So I believe in fundamentals and teaching fundamentals and being fundamentally sound.

"I believe in toughness and discipline. This is a tough game for tough people. This is a disciplined game as well. You can't just go out there and be a tough guy and run around wildly. You've got to be disciplined. But you can't be so disciplined that you play under control. You've got to have some toughness to you. So that's a fine line. You've got to talk about those two terms in the same breath.

"I believe in organization, removing the gray area as much as you possibly can. ... Once everybody has their role defined, once everybody has exactly what they're trying to get done explained to them perfectly, then there's accountability -- for everybody, from the top to the bottom for everybody that's involved in winning football games.

"Last but not least, I believe in character. I believe we're going to try to get our guys to understand how important it is to do things the right way both on and off the field. It's for the good of the team, and it's for the longevity of their careers."


Yes, Marshawn Lynch. We're looking at you.